Satellite views of Arecibo, a new prize to counter a future food crisis, NASA’s plans for science missions on the moon: Here’s your daily dose of space and science on the Web…
Radio telescope’s ruins seen from above: We’ve already seen the Dec. 1 collapse of Puerto Rico’s iconic Arecibo radio telescope from the ground and from the air. Now both Planet and Maxar Technologies are providing views of the wreckage as seen from space. The satellite views were captured on Dec. 6.
Astronomers in Puerto Rico and at other facilities such as West Virginia’s Green Bank Observatory are mourning the loss — and there’s already a petition calling on the federal government to back the construction of a new telescope on the site. More than 48,000 signatures have been registered already; the White House will respond if the number hits 100,000 by Jan. 1.
@Maxar satellite imagery 📸 of the Arecibo dish, acquired on Sunday. There's nothing you can say, really. pic.twitter.com/0Jwp3y8avg
— Jonathan Amos (@BBCAmos) December 7, 2020
The 900-ton platform suspended above the Arecibo Observatory dish collapsed last week. A Planet SkySat captured a cloud-free collect of the devastating aftermath yesterday, December 6th. pic.twitter.com/mLxpofBbQP
— Planet (@planetlabs) December 7, 2020
$15 million XPRIZE program targets food of the future: XPRIZE has put together a four-year, $15 million competition to encourage the development of new alternatives to chicken breasts and fish fillets that outperform the originals in terms of environmental sustainability, nutrition and health — while replicating the taste and texture.
The challenge, known as “XPRIZE Feed the Next Billion,” aims to get ahead of a looming global food crisis. XPRIZE is known for creating multimillion-dollar challenges that incentivize technologies such as private-sector spaceflight and super-efficient cars.
NASA lays out science plan for future moon landings: A new report suggests that NASA should send equipment to the moon in advance of the Artemis program’s first crewed lunar landing, which is currently set for 2024. The report lays out strategies for planning science missions near the moon’s south pole, as well as the priorities for study. Those priorities include field geology, sample collection and return, and the deployment of scientific experiments.
To facilitate the effort, the report suggests using uncrewed missions to pre-position tools, instruments and even rovers capable of carrying riders. That meshes with Blue Origin’s plan to ship a ton of cargo to the lunar surface on a robotic Blue Moon lander in 2023. NASA aims to set up an Artemis Base Camp near the moon’s south pole by 2030.
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We break down the #Artemis Base Camp Concept just like you would any trip on Earth: where to stay, what to wear, and what to do. https://t.co/dac04VQHEL pic.twitter.com/cGdhuNYrrf
— NASAexplores (@NASAexplores) October 29, 2020